Monday August 15th, 2016

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Each week I share a reading photo of the week. During the summer, these photos will be about getting my classroom library up and running for a room full of readers in September. This past week has been all about sorting and stacking. Where is the best spot for each book? And then how am I going to make a system so students can access titles? New grade, new class means new thinking. There is a blog post brewing . . .

And look at all of those piles!  I am not even close to done.

Monday August 15th, 2016 There's a Book for That Monday August 15th, 2016 There's a Book for That

Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.


On the Blog:

This week was all about #pb10for10! My list? Big questions: picture books that inspire philosophical discussion

Books I enjoyed:

If a T. Rex Crashes your Birthday Party written by Jill Esbaum with illustrations by Dasha Tolstikova

What could go wrong? This book provides a list. Stinky breath. Loud tantrums. Ineptitude with party games (those little arms). Pure disaster? It seems so. Or does it? A great title for dino lovers and birthday party enthusiasts. I giggled through it. Perfect story time title.

If a T-rex Crashes your Birthday Party Monday August 15th, 2016 There's a Book for That

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

Really, really funny. And interactive and delightful. If I was teaching Grade 1 this year, this would be a first week read aloud.

This Book Just Ate my Dog! Monday August 15th, 2016 There's a Book for That

Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan Fenske

This book is so well done. Talking about the story is giving away the story. So I’ll just say this: clever, really funny, perfect read aloud to inspire much conversation about how to look at life.

Barnacle is Bored Monday August 15th, 2016 There's a Book for ThatThe Mutts Diaries by Patrick McDonnell

Strips collected. I love reading these first thing in the morning and just smiling to myself.

The Mutts Diaries Monday August 15th, 2016 There's a Book for That

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

I had a really hard time leaving this book to do all of the things life requires: eat, sleep, empty the dishwasher, wake up my kids. I was completely taken with these characters from page one. Gephart can write. And her words are full of human, of beauty, of deep feelings. It’s hard to describe the reading experience. You will get battered. You will worry. You will learn. And you will connect deeply to these characters. I now want everyone I know to read this book so we can talk about it. There is so much here. And I haven’t even talked plot. Go. Find the book. Meet Lily. Meet Dunkin. You will be better because of it.

Lily and Dunkin Monday August 15th, 2016 There's a Book for That

Reading Progress updates:

2016 Chapter Book Challenge: 32/75 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 219/400 books read

#MustReadin2016: 20/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 31/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2016: 28/50 books read

Up Next? I am reading a number of titles including Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story

17 thoughts on “Monday August 15th, 2016

  1. I’ve been curious about “This Book Ate My Dog” as I’ve seen the cover. Now I want to get my hands on a copy as it sounds like it will be hugely appealing. It sort of reminds me of “The Monster at the End of This Book”.

  2. I am super jealous of your white shelves. I need more more more shelves!
    We leave FL tomorrow. I’m getting anxious to get into my room and work on my library. Won’t get started until the first day of school. Good thing I don’t have students on day 1!

  3. Love the blue bins on the white shelves, and that you have books with covers facing out! It will come together. Lucky students to be walking into your classroom.

  4. You better believe that if we lived closer (same country 😉 ) we would be spending some excellent hours in the company and classroom of each other! As hard as I have it setting up my classroom library each summer, I can only imagine you are finding it even more of a challenge with the grade shift! A fun challenge.

    Now I need to locate a copy of Barnacle is Bored and have added Lily & Dunkin to my list. xo

  5. Thanks for the wonderful recommendations. And have FUN filling those generous bookshelves….lucky students! Wishing you a happy, fulfilling new school year!

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